Welcome to the ‘The Spoof Republic’ here at tsrboutique.ch – a website providing you with information about the fun coin game of ‘Spoof’ that involves an element of gambling and a whole lot of fun!
On this page, you can discover more about the concept of this website, as well as learn about the history of Spoof and how it’s actually played.
Concept of tsrboutique.ch
You may be wondering about the domain of this website, tsrboutique.ch. So, let’s set the record straight: TSR stands for ‘The Spoof Republic’ and we call ourselves a ‘BOUTIQUE’ as the game of Spoof can be considered a ‘boutique’ game.
Definitions on tsrboutique.ch
You may come across of few variants of the word spoof, so we’ll run you through a couple of the key definitions.
Spoof: in the context of this site, ‘spoof’ refers to the coin-based game, rather than the usual definition used to describe humorous imitations (such as ‘spoof characters’ or ‘spoof movies’). That said, the game’s is associated with trickery and light-hearted jokes played on other people – which is possibly where it gets its name from.
Spoofing: This is often used interchangeably with the word spoof to describe the game, and also is the verb form of playing the game (i.e. we’re going to be spoofing tonight!)
Spoofer(s): An individual/group of people who partake in the game of spoof.
‘Gambling’ Concept of spoof
Spoof is a game that uses coins and an element of gambling, i.e. players wager money or something else of value on an uncertain event (the risk) for the chance to win money or something else of value.
It’s worth noting here that ‘something of value’ in the game of spoof is often just avoiding having to carry out a designated forfeit, which is often drinking some sort of alcoholic beverage.
How the game works
Spoof can include any number of players (normally small groups of between 3 and 10) and continuous ‘rounds’ of gameplay. In each round, players try to guess the overall (aggregate) number of coins that are held by all players in a circle. As there are three coins (per person) used in spoof, players can hold either none (0), one, two or three (all of the coins) in their hand. This concealment is simply done by the player placing the set number of coins in his/her hand out of the sight of the other players and then closing their fist to hide the coins.
The fact that coins are used shouldn’t be an area of confusion; the currency and value in money of each coin is irrelevant. In fact, coins could be substituted for any other object that could practically be concealed within the closed fist of a person.
After each player has made their concealment holding between 0 – 3 coins in their hand, all players hold out their hand to avoid any switching.
Now, players in turn try to guess the aggregate number of coins held collectively by all players in the circle – knowing that each person can only hold between 0 and 3. After all players have submitted their guess (no guess can be the same), all players reveal the number of coins they are holding and the collective total is calculated. The player who guessed correctly is subsequently eliminated from the circle, thus eliminating him or herself from the chance of forfeit in the end.
This process is continued until only one player is remaining, i.e. the unlucky player who failed to guess correctly each time. Normally, that person will be subject to a forfeit (normally downing a drink) and eliminated from the next round.
The rounds continue until only two players are left. After these players complete the process again, the person who correctly guesses the number of coins held between both players is declared the overall winner (and just like the previous rounds, the loser will be subject to the forfeit).
For the winner, there may be a small prize or award (depending on what the group collectively wagered) – or just the pride of not having to down a drink… although that one is optional.
As of now, spoof is normally played at social events and venues such as bars, pubs and parties, rather than at any casino online.
History of Spoof
The game of spoof or ‘spoofing’ has a history dating back to the mid-to-late-twentieth century – but nobody is quite sure when the first game was ever played. However, there has been a ‘World Spoofing Championship’ held annually since 1983 and played all over the world. In addition, many countries and regional districts (particularly in England) hold their own spoofing tournaments and championships on a regular basis – most of which involve copious amounts of alcohol, snazzy blazers and plenty of ‘banter’.
Spoofing games are found all over the world, but many have their roots originating from the UK; for example, The Bangkok Gentlemen Spoofers, the longest running spoofing school in South East Asia having been founded in 1988, is held at the Thai capital’s British Club.
We here at The Spoof Republic (tsrboutique.ch) hope you have enjoyed learning about this fun and friendly gambling game. You can also check out the latest goings-on and more information about the world of spoofing by visiting worldspoofers.com – a handy resource with all the latest events and a rundown of the rules in more detail.